What does this election mean for United Voice members?

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With Election Day just around the corner, it’s important to see how the major parties compare on the big policy issues that matter to United Voice members. 

Policy Issue

 

McGowan Labor Government

 

Barnett Liberal Government

Plan for Jobs

 

  • Will create permanent and full-time jobs in schools and hospitals.
  • Will keep WA jobs in WA.
  • Will create 50,000 new jobs across a diverse range of industries.

 

  • WA has the highest unemployment rate in Australia.
  • 96,000 people are now unemployed in WA.
  • The Liberals Skilled Migration Occupation List makes it is harder for local people to get local jobs.

 

Privatisation

 

  • Will not privatise hospitals or schools. 
  • Will not sell Western Power or Fremantle Port.
  • Will work to bring essential health services back in house.

 

  • Will continue to privatise hospitals and schools. 
  • Will sell Western Power and Fremantle Port.

 

 

Schools   

  • $381 million for public school infrastructure.
  • $121 million for an extra 300 education assistants, 50 Aboriginal and Islander education officers and 120 teachers.

 

  • $203 million worth of cuts from school budgets since 2014. 
  • Cut jobs for more than 400 education assistants, 105 Aboriginal and Islander education officers and over 550 teaching positions.

 

Hospitals

  • Urgent Care Clinics and Medihotels will free up hospital beds and provide flexible and family friendly medical services.
  • Protective anti-stab vests for health and security staff.

 

  • Cut 1,200 jobs from WA hospitals.
  • Lead & asbestos contamination at PCH.
  • Services removed from private operator Serco at FSH after patients put at risk.

 

Penalty Rates


  • Will fight to protect penalty rates.

 

  • Will act to cut to penalty rates.

TAFE & Apprenticeships 

  • Will freeze TAFE fees for all courses over four years.
  • Jobs for apprenticeships and trainees on every big State Government funded construction project.

 

  • TAFE fees have increased by as much as 1050% under the Liberals.
  • 25% decrease in the number of apprenticeships in 2015-16 alone. 

 

Transport

  • A strong record in delivering on rail, including the Joondalup and Mandurah lines.
  • METRONET will connect Perth’s suburbs with rail to solve our congestion crisis.
  • A long list of broken public transport promises, including building Greenwood station and Ellenbrook railway and extending the railway to Clarkson.
  • A long list of broken public transport promises, including building Greenwood station and Ellenbrook railway and extending the railway to Clarkson. 

The Economy 

  • Labor will fix the budget black hole by diversifying the economy and using iron ore royalties to pay down the debt.
  • WA’s state debt has increased from $4.96 billion to $33 billion under the Liberals, and will exceed $40 billion by mid-2020.
  • WA’s state debt has increased from $4.96 billion to $33 billion under the Liberals, and will exceed $40 billion by mid-2020.

Aged Care

  • Will fast track additional aged care facilities to free up public hospital beds and improve the quality of life for WA’s elderly.

 

  • Demand for aged care beds outstrips supply.
  • 150 people waiting in public hospitals for an aged care place.

 

Community Safety

  • Will increase the number of 24hr police stations and extended hour police stations.
  • Methamphetamine Action Plan focuses on prevention, protection & prosecution.
  • Rising crime rates in WA has left many people no longer feeling safe in their communities.
  • WA now has the highest rate of methamphetamine usage in the country.
  • Rising crime rates in WA has left many people no longer feeling safe in their communities.
  • WA now has the highest rate of methamphetamine usage in the country. 

Tourism

  • Will invest $425 million in the tourism industry in Western Australia. 

 

  • WA’s tourism funding has fallen behind the national average.